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Source: Electricity
Source type: journal
Document type: editorial
Document title: “The Nation’s Martyr”
Author(s): anonymous
Date of publication: 18 September 1901
Volume number: 21
Issue number: 11
Pagination: 159

“The Nation’s Martyr.” Electricity 18 Sept. 1901 v21n11: p. 159.
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McKinley assassination (personal response); William McKinley (presidential character); William McKinley (death: impact on economy).
Named persons
James A. Garfield; Abraham Lincoln; William McKinley.


The Nation’s Martyr

The death of William McKinley, Chief Executive of the United States, early on September 14, plunged a nation into mourning. His death was all the more of a shock owing to the general belief, until a few hours before his death, that he had more than a fighting chance for recovery. But the miserable assassin had done his work only too well, and blood poisoning having set in death speedily followed.
     That the dead President was a true man and an American in every sense of the word is acknowledged by all, and his death will be no more deplored by any class of men than by the electrical fraternity. During the McKinley administration the electrical industry has grown and flourished as never before, due in great part to Mr. McKinley’s conservatism and common sense in administering to the welfare of the country, as well as to the influence he brought to bear in seeking new and foreign markets for our products.
     As was to have been expected the news of the President’s demise unsettled Wall Street, but not to as great an extent as might have been expected. It is our belief that the foundation of American prosperity is so great and of such an enduring character that not even the sad loss of the country’s leader can affect it for any length of time.
     As Garfield said when he was informed of the death of Lincoln: “God reigns—and the Government at Washington still lives.”



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